By the Numbers
The Hunting Park-East Tioga population is 6,340, with 30% of the population being under 19 years-old.
40% of Hunting Park-East Tioga residents live in poverty, while 20% of the residents live in extreme poverty.
95% of the students in Hunting Park and East Tioga attend public schools, with 71% of students graduating high school.
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME
The median household income for residents in Hunting Park-East Tioga is $21,547 per year. The median household income in the US is $59,039 per year.
Our very own Tayon Whiting was featured in WHYY and you can read about how he helped battle extreme heat during the pandemic here.
(Photo: Tayon Whiting delivers fans to residents in need on 10th Street. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY))
Building on the Strength and Promise of Hunting Park-East Tioga
Innovative and Inclusive Urban Renewal
- In 2007, the H. Chase Lenfest Foundation transformed an abandoned SEPTA repair station at 3890 North 10th Street into a model community gathering space. The 52,000 square-foot Lenfest Center was designed as a safe and welcoming community-focused hub offering year-round recreational, educational, and other resources for neighborhood children and adults to lead happy, healthy, and civically engaged lives.
- The “Lenfest” became the first step in a comprehensive campaign to revitalize the Hunting Park-East Tioga section of North Philadelphia, just east of Broad Street.
- In 2018, North10, Philadelphia was established as the parent organization of the Lenfest Center to deepen and expand its impact into the neighborhood it serves through innovative and inclusive urban renewal ventures. Headquartered at the Lenfest Center, the 501(c)(3) private operating foundation derives its name from the Center’s North 10th Street address.
- North10 collaborates with community partners to facilitate thoughtful and strategic, resident-driven revitalization and service initiatives that foster economic growth, increase housing options, enhance learning opportunities, and promote wellness. The goal is to become a model for community transformation that can be replicated in other neighborhoods and cities.
Building upon the achievements, commitment, and ingenuity of neighborhood residents and local leadership, North10 will support community revitalization efforts so that by 2028, Hunting Park and East Tioga will be home to:
- A high-quality cradle-to-career educational pipeline so that every neighborhood child has access to learning opportunities worthy of their promise.
- A safer, cleaner, and greener environment, where all residents have access to affordable healthy food, an array of physical, mental, and behavioral health services.
- Dignified, high-quality housing; readily available resources for current homeowners and homebuyers; and both rental and ownership opportunities that prioritizes the needs of the current residents.
- A diverse cohort of local businesses, job opportunities, and adult learning options.
- North10 staff works with community partners Nicetown Community Development Corporation, Temple Population Health, Hunting Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee, Omo Orisha Temple, Temple Center for Urban Bioethics, Zion Baptist Church, and Young Life Philadelphia.
Together with the help of community residents, they have collectively implemented a weekly food distribution system that distributes approximately 850 bags of non-perishable food to more than 1,200 children, families, and seniors. North10 operates as a local warehouse; the food is then distributed with the help of volunteer drivers. As the organization continues to adapt the food distribution model to best meet the community’s changing needs, it is working with the Coalition Against Hunger to implement a client choice food market inside the Center.
Neighborhood Profile and Need
- The Hunting Park-East Tioga neighborhood is home to 6,300 people, a third of whom are under age 19.
- The area is part of the police district with some of the highest rates for homicide and serious crime in Philadelphia.
- 40% of families live in poverty (Philadelphia’s average is 26%), with 20% of residents living in extreme poverty.
- 70% of the population identifies as Black (and 27% is Hispanic).
- Where others may see a map of staggering statistics in gun violence, murder rates, intergenerational poverty, and dilapidated buildings, North10 sees neighbors in a community that deserves much more. Together, we are building trust, sparking hope, and inspiring confidence to realize a better future.
- Living in poverty, uncertainty, and sometimes in danger means living with the stresses and anxieties that have lasting impacts. Research-based approaches to address these impacts are gaining wider recognition, and North10 is committed to applying them. Underlying all of North10’s work is a recognition that to find effective strategies for serving the people of Hunting Park-East Tioga—especially the children—trauma-informed care must be integrated into staff training and programming.
North10’s goal is community development without displacement from development or gentrification: to change this neighborhood for the people of this neighborhood.
- North10 is an active partner with and supporter of its local elementary school, Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School. The school’s current schoolyard, located in the heart of the neighborhood, is a large blacktop surface devoid of play structures or other positive features, reflecting the systemic neglect and inequities that plague communities of color.
- North10 is deepening its commitment to the children and families of the neighborhood by working with key partners to create a safe, community-focused, and fun learning-yard at Bethune Elementary School, open to all community residents.
- More than just a play space, the schoolyard will provide a safe, calming retreat for students, many of whom have been plagued by the trauma of gun violence, generational poverty, and similar elements that research has shown has a negative effect on learning and healthy growth.
- North10 has partnered with the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national nonprofit organization, to design and build a long-lasting schoolyard with and for community members. With a mission to “create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come,” TPL has helped construct or rebuild several parks and schoolyards across Philadelphia.
- As part of its participatory design process, Bethune teachers and students will have a unique hands-on role in envisioning their future schoolyard.
- The estimated cost for this project is $1.1 million. The School District of Philadelphia has pledged its support by investing a challenge grant of $300,000. Outreach for additional funding support is underway.
Be a Gem Crossing
- North10 has received funding for a new 68,000-square-foot, mixed-use development on the site of the former Liberty Motel at Germantown Avenue and Westmoreland Street, which North10 purchased along with surrounding properties, in 2018.
- The planned development, located across the street from Bethune Elementary School, will turn a landmark for crime into one of progress that extends the Lenfest Center’s reach beyond its walls to reinvigorate the economy at this key section of Germantown Avenue’s commercial corridor.
- Be a Gem Crossing was inspired by the names of several important avenues that converge near the site along the Germantown Avenue corridor. The project will feature 41 units of safe, affordable housing for low-income families and 13,000-square-feet of ground-floor commercial space that will be dedicated to community services such as a market, healthcare, or recreation center.
Funding sources include:
- $50,000 Neighborhood Economic Development (NED) planning grant from the Philadelphia Department of Commerce for surveys of neighborhood residents and other stakeholder engagement activities to determine the economic development and commercial needs of the neighborhood.
- $50,000 in matching funds to the NED grant from the H. Chase Lenfest Foundation.
- $2.5 million in development funds from the City of Philadelphia.
- $1,250,000 in 9 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits and $1 million in PHARE funding from the Pennsylvania Finance and Housing Agency (PHFA).
- The $22 million project is scheduled to break ground in early to mid-2021.
(Photo courtesy of CECIL BAKER & PARTNERS)
Our very own Joshua Klaris was featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal here. An excerpt about how he is charting the way forward follows.
Joshua Klaris, Executive Director, North10, Philadelphia
With our neighborhoods devastated by the combined stresses of a pandemic and decades of inequities, the way forward requires building what is lacking throughout our country: trust. Trust is a healing force that can diffuse anger and fear. It has the power to strengthen communities. Without it, the ability to create genuine connections with the unified purpose of better lives cannot exist. Trust requires listening, mutual accountability, communication, restorative justice, and ongoing engagement. It must be earned and nurtured. Trust does not happen overnight, but if the promise possible in every community is to prevail, we must do the work. Trust must be the keystone for positive and lasting change.Joshua Klaris
We were recently featured in the Inquirer here for our work distributing food in our communities.
Here’s an excerpt: “two years ago, North10 Philadelphia, which works to help people in the city’s Hunting Park and East Tioga neighborhood and operates the Lenfest Center, hosted a disaster/emergency prep workshop. Reality has set in. North10 is partnering with the community-development entity Called to Serve on a project that buys meals from neighboring restaurants Pho Don, Caribbean Feast, and CityView Pizza & Grille and sends them to Temple University Hospital’s Emergency Department. Right now, they’re handling 100 meals a week and expect to step up to 150 shortly. Both North10 and the Lenfest Center were founded by Chase Lenfest, son of the late H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, the onetime owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who donated it to his Lenfest Institute for Journalism.”
Photo: “Workers at Temple University Hospital with meals sent from three local restaurants as part of a joint effort between community groups North10 and Called to Serve.”
We’re helping by crowd-sourcing materials needed to create Restoration Stations in each classroom and improve the sensory rooms.
“Trauma-sensitive classrooms often offer a “comfort zone” to their students, a safe space where children can retreat and calm down.”
This important practice can help students at Bethune Elementary, many of whom come from communities plagued by gun violence, generational poverty, and other elements that children should never have to experience. Many have experienced several traumas at early ages ,which research shows has a negative impact on their ability to learn and grow healthy. School can be a place where their fears and anxieties are soothed through trauma-informed activities that address pain points and offer alternative solutions to what they deal with. (Read more here)
Bethune Elementary needs our help, and North10 is happy to support this drive. We are asking for donations via purchases made through a carefully curated shopping list designed to furnish each classroom with the necessary items to build these restoration stations. With your help, the teachers at Bethune can better support the special needs of these bright children and improve their learning experiences.
Visit the wishlist here or enter http://bit.ly/RestoreBethune into your browser.
Make Bethune part of your holiday giving this year!
Join North10, the Office of Emergency Management, and #READYPhilly for an informative workshop about preparing your home and families for the winter. This FREE workshop will provide valuable tips and strategies, important city resources, and an opportunity for the community to get together.
Monica Cryan, meteorologist at PHL17, will be attending to speak with community members for a portion of the workshop about winter weather predictions and what they mean in terms of when and how to prepare.
Refreshments will be served. Please arrive early!
January 17, 2019
3890 N. 10th Street
Mourning the Loss of H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest
The staff of the Lenfest Center and North10, Philadelphia, along with our community partners in Hunting Park and East Tioga, would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest, the long-time philanthropist and civic leader who succumbed to long-time illness this week. His incredible impact on education, art, and culture in Philadelphia cannot be understated, and his legacy of generosity and kindness lives on through the organizations he supported and through his children, who have been inspired and guided by his example. H. Chase Lenfest, son of Mr. Lenfest and a philanthropist himself, founded the Lenfest Center in 2007 to create safe, accessible space for children in Hunting Park to achieve and thrive and North10, Philadelphia in 2017 to expand the support to the larger surrounding community.
Mr. Lenfest worked hard throughout his life to build his cable business and when he sold Lenfest Communications, he and his wife decided to generously give their money away to educational and artistic organizations and communications programs in the Greater Philadelphia area. Across the city, lives have been changed due to their generosity and Mr. Lenfest’s commitment to being in service of their fellow human beings has been admirable and truly awe-inspiring.
We want to express our gratitude for his service to Philadelphians and affirm our commitment to carrying on his life-changing, inspiring legacy of community service.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Lenfest.